Memorial Day weekend is a time for barbecues, picnics and fun in the sun, right?
Well, it’s also the weekend when we honor the men and women of the military who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (CSI NY) are men who want us to remember that fact – and have been hosting the PBS National Memorial Day Concert (Sunday, 8:00 p.m. ET) for over a decade.
Mantegna realizes we do get caught up in our well-deserved, three-day weekends, but as you’ll see and hear in the video below, taking time out to honor the actual reason for the holiday is a way to say thank you for being able to enjoy life as we know it here in America.
In fact, Mantegna is so committed to letting vets know he’s appreciative, he often hosts events at his Burbank, California restaurant Taste of Chicago.
Scheduled to appear at the concert this year include: Daughtry, Country Music singer Trace Adkins, plus Retired General Colin Powell.
Have fun this Memorial Day, but remember who makes it possible.